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Two-cornered contest in MCD bypoll Sunday; BJP claims edge

delhi Updated: Apr 18, 2010 02:09 IST

Bye-election will be held for the Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar municipal ward on Sunday, with the ruling BJP claiming an edge over the opposition Congress in the mainly two-cornered contest.

The seat had been lying vacant since the death of sitting councillor Surjeet Singh Thekedar last year.

The notification for bye-election to the Ward No 12 of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi was issued by the state electoral office on March 24. The last date for filing of nominations was March 29 while the scrutiny of papers was held on March 31 and the last date of withdrawal was April 3.

Keen to gain sympathy vote, the BJP-SAD has fielded Surjeet Singh's son Inder Preet Singh for the bye-election. Inder Preet is from Shiromani Akali Dal but will fight on a BJP symbol.

"It will mainly be a two-cornered contest between BJP and Congress. But we are fully confident of winning the seat. With this, we will increase our strength in the 272-member MCD House to 173," BJP leader Subhash Arya, who is also the Leader of the MCD House, said.

The Congress announced the name of Antul Kohli as its candidate for the municipal ward. "It will be a tough battle," Leader of Opposition in MCD Jai Kishan Sharma said.

The municipal ward is dominated by Punjabi community and BJP is hoping to secure most of the Punjabi and Sikh votes.

"About two-thirds of the population belong to Punjabi community. There are about 4,000 Sikhs among the total of nearly 32,000 voters," Arya noted.

Five other candidates are also in the fray.